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Nicki Ann's Wedding Blog

In her blog, Nikki Ann shares with you her insights, thoughts, and feelings on all things women, wedding, marriage, and event-related.

Friday Finds 2.25.11

February 25th, 2011

Imagine a garden terrace wedding with tons of red, purple and orange flowers surrounding the space, brightly colored tile walls and terracotta tiled floors. You hear soft flamenco music in the background and richly colored linens and lace adorning every table in sight. Now imagine you are the bride with a large red rose in your hair and you are wearing this dress.

When I found this gown on Nordstrom’s website, I immediately pictured a spanish themed wedding. This gown by Dalia MacPhee is the perfect dress to capture this “feel” for your wedding look. It is the perfect fit to wear in both formal or casual setting, the ruching is very forgiving and what girly girl doesn’t love ruffles? And at $298, you can hardly beat the price!


All the days of our lives…

February 21st, 2011

Lately, I have been thinking about whether or not write our own wedding vows. I love the idea of writing down our thoughts and feelings and sharing them with everyone. However, I know me. I am going to be a nervous wreck that day. This would not be the time for me to go off script and start my nervous babbling, which I do. ALL. THE. TIME. Before making this big decision, I thought I would do some research to help make an educated decision.

The first step should be to ask your future intended what his/her thoughts are about this. If they are completely opposed, then the answer is no. Don’t argue it or push it. You want your FI to be happy and carefree on your big day.

Once you have both agreed, you should discuss what type of vows you want to write. Together. Do you want sentimental, cute, comedic? You want to make sure you are both on the same page. If you prepare something very sentimental and he prepares something funny, one of you is bound to be upset and the other will just be embarrassed. So make sure you are both on the same page.

When you begin to write, sit down and think about why you are marrying this person. Why do you love them? How did you know you loved them? What is your favorite quality of your FI? This is the time to put it all out there. Does he make you laugh even when you are ready to cry? Does he give the best hugs? Do his habits of putting socks on the floor instead of in the hamper drive you crazy, but you love him anyway? Tell him!!

If you are having more trouble with writing them than you thought, do your own research. Find a quote that reminds you of your relationship. Pick a movie that describes you two perfectly and explain why. This is not something that you should throw together last-minute. You should spend time thinking and reflecting. There are a ton of books out there that can help when writing your own vows. You can even do some light reading to help get you inspired by reading The 50 Greatest Love Letters of All Time by David Lowenherz.

Lastly, you want to write it out word for word. Write exactly how you want to say it. Chances are you will rely on your written vows more than you think. Once you have done that – practice, practice, practice!! You do not want to stumble over your words. Maybe you won’t even have to refer to your written notes.

Whatever you do, write from the heart. Do what feels right. After all, that is how you got into this situation in the first place.


Friday Finds 2.18.11

February 18th, 2011

For those of you who have been reading, you’ll know my insistence upon having practical favors. I am very sorry, but I really don’t want a candle with “Jim and Sue, May 21st, 2011.” What am I honestly going to do with it? I mean, yes. Burn the candle, but why do I want someone else’s names and wedding date sitting on a shelf in my house? So I am constantly on the search for practical wedding/shower favors. Something that can be either used again or eaten works in my book. I came across these Purse Valet favors from Favors by Project Wedding in search of a good shower favor for a friend’s sister’s wedding shower.

How cute are they? No one ever knows what to do with your purse when you go to a restaurant. You most definitely don’t really want to put it on the floor or table. Here’s the solution. Enjoy ladies!


What is in a name?

February 14th, 2011

Part of starting a business is building a name for yourself. I recently started working with Carole and Debbie from The Brand Wagon to create a logo. This is not as simple as it sounds. You have to find the perfect words to describe your yourself and your business. Let me just tell you that working with Carole and Debbie was a cinch. I originally spoke with Carole and gave her an idea of what I had envisioned. Within a few days, they had the first round of proofs back to me! This had to be one of the most exciting things. I mean, my business is really coming to life. During this time, I had created an inspiration board (because that’s what I do!) of colors, designs and other logos I liked. I also threw in a few pictures of the type of events I want to coordinate. I sent this along with input on the first round. After a few more rounds, they had created the perfect logo. Something I felt really described me as a person and how I want my business to be portrayed. Keep your eyes peeled for the reveal of Nicki Ann Events. Updates coming soon!

Watch out wedding world, I’ll be a household name soon :)


New and exciting things!!!

February 12th, 2011

I was walking in Oakland one day, months ago, and happened to notice that one of the old historical buildings had a new sign. Actually, it was more like a banner, which was very intriguing. It said “Bigelow Conference and Reception Center.” Now I knew this was not there before, so of course I had to check it out. Well I have kept in touch via email with Nilda and had not ever gotten a chance to check out the space. I received an email from her saying that there were still a few tables available at the bridal show that would be taking place on Feb. 19th. As soon as I read it, I knew I should jump on this opportunity. I emailed her back asking to set up an appointment to look at the space and discuss the show. And that was that! For anyone who wants to purchase tickets, they are $10 and can be purchased online here. You’ll see me, smiling face, doing what I love to do. The bonus is that this show is not as large as the ones at the Marriott or Convention Center, so it is less likely that brides will get lost. I admit, I have gotten lost in one before. Oh and if you need tips on how to navigate one of these, see my previous post, All Under One Roof.


Friday Finds 2.11.11

February 11th, 2011

Wow, I am not going to lie. After looking forward to Friday all week, I almost forgot that it was Friday! So this Friday’s find comes from one of my favorite websites, Etsy.

Now I know that this is a slow season for weddings in our parts because of the cold weather and unpredictability of precipitation. However, there are many brides who dream of a white, winter wedding. One of my best friends was one of those brides. I know the troubles brides have finding something to keep them stylish and warm during their winter weddings. Plus, you don’t want to cover up too much of that gorgeous dress! I found a really cute shop, Spazooie Bridal Accessories. They have a number of adorable items that can keep you warm and cozy on your big day like this one.

Do your bridesmaids a favor and get them something to keep them warm too, like this hand muff. Just have your florist attach a few flowers and you don’t even need a bridesmaid bouquet!


Friday Finds 2.4.11

February 4th, 2011

As many of you might know from reading previous blog posts, I have been trying to get fit before my wedding. I already have lost a ton of weight and have been really trying to get to a point where I feel good about myself and am excited to put on my bikini for my honeymoon. I found this great article, 3-Month Wedding Prep Fitness Plan for Brides, from The Wedding Channel which proves even up to 3 months before the wedding you can start your fitness program. It gives you tips on diet, cardio and strength training. Afterall, it is all about being well-rounded. And I’m not talking about your physical body shape. I am going to start the program soon, even though I am more than 3 months out, and hope to see some results. I’ll report back on my progress!

Oh and one more tip – get yourself a workout buddy. I know I always do so much better when I have someone to report directly to on my progress or someone to make me get off the couch when I feel like sitting there catching up on my shows on the DVR. You can recruit your MOH, mom or fiance to be your buddy and motivator. It’ll do them good too :)